Inside IoT - February 21st, 2020

Inside IoT (Feb 21st, 2020)

Fitbit gets Home Connect / Tokyo 2020 IoT / Cannabis drones

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Hello all, 

We are getting closer to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, where there’s been lots of talk about all the technology visitors will get to use, including driverless shuttles, robots, and app-controlled experiences. I’m wondering how much of this we’ll be able to experience from afar, whether it’s online or even by seeing it on TV. Let me know what tech you’d like the Olympics to offer by hitting reply!

Onto the news: 

1. BSH — the home appliance company behind Bosch and Siemens — has expanded the reach of its Home Connect app to Fitbit. This makes Fitbit the first wearable to get Home Connect integration, and now Fitbit users will be able to turn on their smart ovens on their way back from a jog. The Home Connect service links to all sorts of devices, including coffee makers and dishwashers. Alerts from home devices will also be visible on a Fitbit. — EXPERT REVIEWS

2. The International Olympic Games Committee has been working with Tokyo to use cutting-edge IoT and 5G technology for the 2020 summer games. Visitors may be greeted by one of the Haneda Robotics Lab robots, which are serving as airport guides and security. Toyota is also developing vehicles with sensors and cameras to deliver equipment to athletes and help fans get to places in the park. Smart stadiums will have in-seat food ordering and display live stats and replays. — RACONTEUR

3. #FollowFriday: Holly Watson Nall is an autonomous vehicle engineer at StreetDrone in Oxford, England. StreetDrone deploys autonomous vehicles for trials, along with research and development. Holly’s Twitter feed, @Hollywn, is a mix of driverless technology and related research; she also posts about F1 racing. She attended Move 2020 earlier this month and CES in January, where she presented with StreetDrone and shared lots of pictures and videos via Twitter. Give her a follow to keep up with driverless tech in England. 

4. The demand for cannabis is growing, and the industry is looking toward drones as a safer, cost-efficient way to deliver products and collect payment. Currently, many cannabis companies use vans to make deliveries, but they must be outfitted with safety and security modifications — to protect all of the cash inside — because the industry is mostly shut out of the federally regulated banking system. Drones could carry up to 88 pounds of products and use GPS to ensure deliveries stay within state lines. But, the Federal Aviation Association governs what goes in the air, and cannabis is still illegal. — LEAFLY

5. McAfee security researchers released 18 months of research showing how an autonomous vehicle can be tricked into speeding by using black electrical tape on a speed limit sign. However, McAfee tested this on two 2016 Teslas, and while they fell for the hack, newer Tesla models wouldn’t be susceptible. Waymo vehicles didn’t fall for the hack. — MASHABLE

6. Mobvoi announced an upgrade to its flagship Ticwatch Pro smartwatch, with more durability and 1GB RAM. The Ticwatch Pro 2020 is built to withstand extreme temperature, shock, dust, and water and has between two and 30 days of battery life. It’s expected to be available in early March for $260. — PHONE ARENA

7. The Daytona 500 — held Feb. 17 — served as an example of how NASCAR is using IoT to improve fans’ experience. NASCAR chose 20-25 data points a user can choose to follow on their mobile device, and they can tune in from anywhere. In-car cameras give viewers additional scenes, while those listening in can also hear communications between a driver’s crew members. — TECHREPUBLIC

8. Suburbs in Sydney, Australia have launched “chillout hubs” with solar power, Wi-Fi, charging ports, and several sensors. Sensors on trash bins determine fill levels, while water fountain sensors track use and monitor for leaks. The chillout hubs were created as part of a federal government Smart Cities and Smart Suburbs program. — ZDNET

9. Quentin Roper was off the coast of Groote Eylandt, Australia, and sent his drone over the water to capture footage of a crocodile. As the drone got closer, the crocodile appears to slap the drone with its tail and bite it. It's quite terrifying, as the crocodile is huge! However, the drone survived, and the video footage is impressive. — KSL

10. The autonomous vehicle market in Europe is estimated to progress in the near future, and startups are getting their driverless vehicles into testing mode. Big data company Xomnia built the first self-driving boat that runs on AI and collects data. Einride has developed electric and autonomous logging trucks that can be controlled by remote drivers. — SILICON CANAL

Holly A. Phillips has a passion for storytelling and uses her craft to promote brands around the world. She is a Blogging Instructor at the University of Texas at Austin and is always looking for a new adventure. Keep up with her on her blog Thebitterlemon.com or on Twitter at @orangejulius7.

This newsletter was edited by Sheena Vasani, staff writer at Inside.

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